I got a permanent bond ring but the item it’s self was irrelevant. I just wanted to own a permanent magic item and that was the first opportunity I got and took it with both hands.
Short terms goals I have is collecting rarer items, so realm specific mana, bite, certain potions that are harder to get etc
I just like to go to events with 2/3 things I want to try and get hold of, even if it’s just trade one resource for another as this gives me direction for trading.
Some people are different for sure as they look for prosperous opportunities but I like having a reason to walk around camps as it helps give me confidence when talking to new contacts and groups
I also find that having a specific goal will help you be remembered by other players rather as they associate certain items, resources with you which helps you get game.
I have several people now come to see me when they get hold of magic items to sell as they know that’s what I’m looking for specifically rather than just being an all round trader.
That’s just my take on trade though and it’s more about finding what your own enjoyment comes from